I knew the last week of July was going to be crazy. I was packing, finishing up projects, and working on a pattern test. But when Hannah emailed me asking if I wanted to test her new bralette, I just couldn’t say no! I love her patterns, plus I knew a bra wouldn’t take up too much of my time. I’m not at all surprised that I fell in LOVE with her new pattern, the Willow Bra. It’s chic, sexy, and comfortable, plus it has the special distinction of being the last thing I sewed while living with my parents. Jury’s still out on what will be the first thing I sew in my new apartment (when, oh when, will the chairs I ordered come?), so for now — read all about the Evie La Luve Willow Bra!
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The Willow Bra
Cutting out the Willow Bra
I cut out a small in the Willow Bra’s wraparound style. The wraparound 100% sold me on this pattern — I’ve had a bra like that on my to-make list foreve! Most of the Evie La Luve patterns I’ve sewn are bottoms, but I thought that from making the Jamie bodysuit/swimsuit (post coming Thursday!) that a size small would work.
I used some fabulous black mesh for the body of the bra, and rosy nude mesh for the lining. I love love loved this combo, and I can’t wait to make another Willow in the reverse! I ordered my fabric, plus the strapping, gunmetal rings and sliders, and the bikini clasp from TailorMade. I cannot recommend her enough for beginner lingerie makers. Her kits are to die for, and she has basically everything you could ever need in her shop!
Sewing the Willow Bra
I used my microtex needle for the Willow Bra. Sometimes I use a regular needle, but for some reason my microtex cooperated that day. This is such a quick bra, and Hannah’s gorgeous instructions walk you through every step. I love how many photos she includes. Even though I’ve sewn a couple lingerie pieces at this point, I still get a little nervous by the delicacy of everything. Hannah’s instructions are great, and so clear! I love how she tells you how to encase every seam, it makes the finished garment look super luxe and professional.
Since I made the bra, Hannah eliminated the back seam, and made a few other adjustments. I found my small to be a little tooooo small, but this could be because my bust is wide-set and the cups were being pulled down. In the future, I’ll raise the cup tops a bit, but I think this is a me-specific adjustment.
If you’re looking for a beginner bra that doesn’t look homemade, the Willow is definitely for you. Even if you don’t need a beginner bra, you need the Willow. It’s perfect for a comfy loungewear bra, or for those who have a little less to support as an everyday bra. I can’t wait to make a few more!
Yardage needed: 1.5 yard main and lining, other lingerie items
Time: approximately 1.5 hours
General modifications: I’ll raise the cups next time
#SewingTall modifications: none!